Hello PT, I come to you for some advice.
Earlier this morning I took my dog outside (backyard). Due to a lot of rain, I haven't cut the grass so it's pretty long right now. Anyway as Max (my 8 month old Jack Russel) was running around he came across a scared little bird that couldn't fly. The bird just quickly hopped and used the tall grass for cover. He made his way to the garden in the back and tried to hide. Max of course was able to sniff him out which is good because I wanted to get a hold of him before the cats did.
We have a cat problem here and a lot of people from the neighborhood let their cats out and roam free. What's worse is that my next door neighbor has taken on feeding these cats because "her grand children like the cats". So they're in my back yard a lot and I have a lot of trees in my backyard and my other next door neighbor has bird feeders, so you can see the conflict here.
Yesterday my cat (which is a house cat, I don't let her out unless I'm in the back yard with her) was sitting in my window because a group of about 20 birds made their stop in my back yard. It was a nice sight seeing them all sitting on different levels of the pine tree back there. Of course I was worried about the cats but I didn't think much about it at the time.
Well I'm assuming this is a bird from that pack, but I honestly don't know if it was a cat that got to the bird. Do birds fight one another? The damage to one of it's wings seems bad but at the same time not so bad. I can see bones of the wing, but only a small gash, no blood.
Anyway I called the Humane Society here in my city but they weren't much help. I knew that was going to be the case though. The first woman I spoke to said to put the bird in tall grass and/or bring the bird to a park and find tall grass. Good advice, but if Max could find the bird so easily, so could a cat. Yes, such is life and such is nature but perhaps I can help the bird heal and stand a chance? I called them back and told them about the wing damage and they said that they could come pick the bird up. I asked what would happen and she said depending on the damage that they would try
and find someone to look after it, and if they couldn't they would probably have to put the bird to sleep. I told them not to come, that I'd take care of the bird.
So yeah, this is where I am now. Looking after a bird and no clue how to do it. I collected some worms and water for the bird and put her in a nice pet carrier with a blanket. I set her up in the car port and I'm hoping to just look after her each day and hope for signs of healing. So any advice from PT would be welcomed.
I don't even know what kind of bird it is, but she's very cute. She has also become less afraid of me, like shes warming up to me. Like she knows I'm not going to hurt her, and that's so cool. I made a friend.
Anyway here are some images. Thanks for reading! Any info or links to a site with more info. Anything.
Oh, just before submitting this thread I went and checked on her. I put a dish of water in plus about 4 worms and she ate them. That's a good thing, but how much worms per-day should she be eating? And should I be adding just worms or other bugs/food?